First post here! Like many people so far, I've got a few projects in my head, but the thought of how to actually start them seems overwhelming. My biggest project is to eventually do a legacy book - as Lynn describes it (I didn't really have a name for it until I read that above!) full of photos of people, places, gravestones, records, family trees and my narrative. Very ambitious for someone who's never done anything like it! I have done family photobooks and such, and I'm fairly proficient with Photoshop, so while I think I would be OK designing it, the writing it will be the tricky part for me.
So, I think to dip my feet in the water, and because I'm not brave enough yet to tackle the legacy book, I'd like to write a memoir of one of my grandfathers. I'm having trouble picking which one, though. I didn't know my maternal grandfather very well - he lived in a different country, so I only saw him every two years or so. I know a lot of "facts" about him - that he loved the composer Mahler, and that he hated garlic, for example, but I don't know that I have too many "stories" about him. My mother is going to come over and we're going to sort out a timeline of his life. But even she doesn't know much about his childhood - he never really talked about it. I know some things about how he met my grandmother from some dictations she did for me. I know a bit about his military record and his career. But is there enough to make it more than just a dry biography?
I have the opposite issue with my paternal grandfather. I have several hours of dictation from him and several pages of his own handwriting of childhood stories - he started to write his own family history 20 years ago - plus my own memory of him and my father's too. I think my challenge with him would be how to intertwine my writing with his own. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
I'm really looking forward to this.